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Why to keep a judo journal

One of the best tools for someone that is serious about the sport is a Judo journal. This is a notebook where you can keep track of goals, training schedules, new moves learned, thoughts about Judo, and debrief about the things that get in the way of Judo. (This is an update of an article . . . → Read More: Why to keep a judo journal

What Winning Judo Strategies Section of Steve’s book meant to me

I’m in this Renjuku program with Welcome Mat Judo Club where I learn and share how to be a better coach and how to share as much as I know about winning Judo strategies.

One of the questions was, “What did the winning Judo strategies section of Steve Scott’s book mean to me?”  In this . . . → Read More: What Winning Judo Strategies Section of Steve’s book meant to me

Pros and cons of a competitive personality

Recently I designed some Combat Sports KC T-shirts to sell at Judo events and help promote our program. I figured out that there were three main components to winning Judo: 1) Be fitter than all your opponents, 2) Want it more than anyone else, 3) Never let anyone deny your dreams. The shirts have been . . . → Read More: Pros and cons of a competitive personality

How do you get to be a Judo Olympic Athlete?

Many people ask me how you get to be a Judo Olympic athlete.

Now I’ve got the steps printed out on a T-shirt to promote our Combat Arts KC program. 1) Be fitter than all your opponents 2) Want it more than anyone else 3) Never let anyone deny your dreams. On the back it . . . → Read More: How do you get to be a Judo Olympic Athlete?

My “I’m a Walking Miracle” pin (part 2 of Trauma-informed care blog)

This is the second part of the essay about the day I learned that my mental health labels might have all been coming from my trauma experiences. It’a about how all Kansas Certified Peer Specialists earn a pin that says, “I’m a walking miracle.” This is my miracle story and how I realized . . . → Read More: My “I’m a Walking Miracle” pin (part 2 of Trauma-informed care blog)

What Winning Olympic Trials Taught me (Part 1 of trauma-informed care blog)

How Winning Olympic Trials taught me about being a truama survivor and how to completely escape from a “mental illness” diagnoses (part 1 of 3)

This is an essay I wrote about two years ago, about winning Olympic Trials. This was right before I became a self-employed person. It was about the . . . → Read More: What Winning Olympic Trials Taught me (Part 1 of trauma-informed care blog)

The Olympian Conversation

What people ask when they find out I’m an Olympic athlete: The Olympian conversation

It turns out that most people who haven’t done sports all connect in the same ways to the Olympics. It turns out that I always end up having the same conversation. At first I got sick of the conversation and just . . . → Read More: The Olympian Conversation

How to cultivate fighting spirit in all parts of life

Live life from the heart – how to cultivate fighting spirit

An an Olympic Judo athlete, many times I won matches on sheer grit. It’s definitely true that sports, and most of life in general is 90% mental and 10% physical.  When I first starting developing my motivational speaker, I realized that most Judo clubs . . . → Read More: How to cultivate fighting spirit in all parts of life

Why to Vote for Combat Arts for Recovery

Wellness Wordworks and Missouri-Illinois Olympians have created a program called Combat Arts for Recovery. We are one of 12 finalists for around 55 entries to the Team USA grants competition. We can earn $12,000 to promote combat sports for mental health issues. You can vote here: http://www.facebook.com/USOlympicTeam.   Vote once per day per email address.

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Help me design Combat Arts for Recovery

Seeking feedback for program design for a marketing community of the five Olympic combat sports in Kansas City: Judo, wrestling, Taekwondo, boxing, and fencing. Prescribing sports instead of mental health interventions for kids with emotional difficulties. . . . → Read More: Help me design Combat Arts for Recovery